Todd Boehly may just decide to go and sign 'world class' striker for Chelsea late on this summer – journalist

Journalist Dean Jones has claimed to GiveMeSport that Todd Boehly may overrule his manager and sign Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.

The American has been widely reported to be intrigued by the opportunity to sign the Portuguese star this summer, following a meeting with the player’s agent Jorge Mendes.

The interest comes after the five-time Balon d’Or winner has made it clear he wants to leave Manchester United, following a dire season condemning them to a future in the Europa League.

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While the signing appeals to Boehly, Thomas Tuchel is far from convinced over the move, with him seeing it as going against the attack he’s trying to build.

However, Jones has claimed there is a chance the owner goes against what the German thinks, with Chelsea’s last pre-season result sitting firmly on the mind.

Boehly might sign Ronaldo

He said: “Obviously, Atletico is opening up as the most plausible option here and now, but we’ve just seen Chelsea lose 4-0 to Arsenal, we’ve seen Tuchel talking about not being particularly happy and we know they need goals in that team.

“Boehly really wants him as an icon and as a guaranteed goalscorer. They’re finding some options that fit into this team but, if it comes down to none of them working out, I think he’ll say ‘Ronaldo is there. Let’s get him’.

“That will put Tuchel in a tricky situation because, with Lukaku last year, he ended up taking a top striker that didn’t fit in. He might be in that situation again with Ronaldo.”

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Despite the lack of goals in pre-season, the club would do well to resist signing Ronaldo, despite being him universally acknowledged as ‘world-class’.

The club should look to sign someone with similar traits to Raheem Sterling, as they look to continue to build a fluid attack.

While there are no obvious candidates as of yet, it appears the sale of Timo Werner relies on signing a new forward, meaning the club are making it a priority.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.